College Admission Essays

Continuing our series on college admission essays, let’s take a look at another common mistake many high school students make in their personal statement for the Common Application. In this particular college admission essay, the topic happens to be sports. Here’s the paragraph: “Soccer has been my passion ever since … 

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College Application Essays

Continuing our series on common mistakes college applicants often make on their college application essays, let’s take a look at a sample paragraph we’ve written below that is emblematic of a type of essay college admissions counselors often receive. After the sample paragraph, we’ll analyze the writing and give you … 

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College Essays

As we continue to explore common mistakes college applicants so often make in their college essays, let’s take a look at another example of a paragraph that features some of these very errors students often include in their admissions essays. Or maybe this next paragraph is without an egregious mistake. … 

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College Admissions Essay

What role does the college admissions essay play in the admissions process to highly selective universities? A big one. While high school courses, grades and standardized test scores carry the most weight in admission decisions, the essay is an applicant’s opportunity to stand out, to share a unique voice, and … 

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College Admissions Essays

There was a cool segment on “NPR” that chronicled what it’s like when applications go to committee at Amherst College. When applications do go to committee at Amherst College, 85% of applications have already been weeded out. It’s important to note that this process varies by university but Amherst’s process … 

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Plagiarized College Essays

What do Vice President Joe Biden, poet T. S. Eliot, and historian Stephen Ambrose all have in common? They have all at some point been accused of plagiarism. While Eliot’s plagiarism would be discovered posthumously, both Biden and Ambrose would live to regret their lapses in judgment. The consequences of … 

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He Who Guards His Tongue

It is imperative in the college admissions process (and in life) that students think before they speak because once the words are spoken, even an apology can’t take them back. If before you write anything you read it over several times, checking your grammar, spelling, punctuation and certainly your tone, … 

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Admissions Counselors Actually Read

According to an article in today’s “New York Times,” “Applications to selective colleges and universities are reaching new heights this year, promising another season of high rejection rates and dashed hopes for many more students:” “Harvard said Wednesday that it had received a record number of applicants — 27,278 — … 

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